Welcome to the Mr. Hollywood Magazine family.
1. Let’s start by telling the people a Lil about yourself that they may or may not know about you?
Other than being a musician I have other artistic hobbies such as drawing and making wooden cravings. I enjoy doing things with my hands that’s probably why I took to instruments first before I tried to sing a note.
2. How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
Answer: It all started in High school really. There’s always been that passion for music but being a part of a music group during my high school years really allowed me to get my start with recording myself and putting out my music independently. My producer (@Deadinside) and I both were in the same group actually and I often give the group credit for allowing us to find each other.
3. Tell us about your upcoming projects?
My Producer and I have been working really hard on a project for a few months now. I’m happy to say it’s nearly finished just some tweaks here and there. I hadn’t planned to do an ep but life doesn’t really care about what you planned so here we are. I hope to take each listener on an emotional journey.
Each song representing a different feeling and stage of going through a breakup. This Ep came about because I recently went through a breakup myself and honestly it was my first ever heartbreak at 21. We poured our all into this project and making it was therapeutic for me. I hope when people listen it makes them feel deeper and as the project goes on they’re mood changes with it.
4. Can you tell our readers more about The difficulties that you’ve faced early on as an artist. How did you over overcome these obstacles?
I started calling myself an artist officially on 15/16. This is when I transitioned from singing to my piano or guitar to singing overproduced beats. I come from a very religious family and as a younger artist, I struggled with being openly honest in my songs. For example, when making love songs I’d never use gender pronouns.
I’d use words like you, they, & them. So I could openly perform my music in front of my family without raising any suspicions. There comes a point though I think in every young person’s life when they have to stop living for their families or parents when they have to just be themselves openly and unapologetically.
I live my truth every day because I have no choice but to. So there was no situation that forced me to overcome it was a gradual journey of finding myself and becoming comfortable in my skin.
5. Who inspires you as an entertainer in this industry?
Jeez, so many people. Since a young child, I’ve always admired Nick Jonas. I saw myself in him in a way. He could sing and play all the instruments I could. He wrote all his songs just like I did and still do. He’s also an artist I think had to grow into himself with his identity usually being tied closely to his brothers, he had to find his own mic and spotlight.
I’ve always admired that about him. While I’m still a big fan of Nick my music has changed and he no longer influences my music. Now a young adult I’m influenced by a lot of rappers, Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Durk, & Ty Dolla Sign just to name a few.
6. If you could have a sit-down conversation with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
I’d love to talk to James Baldwin. He is so intelligent and well-spoken. He, in my opinion, is one of the few people who can accurately describe the black experience in America to white people. He’s someone who should be admired by all people. A conversation with him, I feel, would open my mind to things I couldn’t possibly think of on my own.
7. How do you turn a negative into a positive?
What we all learned in Finding Nemo, Just keep swimming. I’ve had my fair share of letdowns and ruined opportunities but I just keep moving forward.
8. What kind of advice would you give a newcomer trying to pursue a career in your line of work?
OWN EVERYTHING. NEVER TRUST ANYONE FULLY.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Honestly? Performing At The Grammys.
10. What has been the highest point of your career so far?
Having met my now good friend @AdamWeitsman. Before you meet someone like him you never know what you’re going to get but he is truly so kind and down to earth. He gave me my first paid gig and I’m so grateful for it.
I always wondered why he paid me because lord knows I would have done it for free but I think he did that as my friend to raise my price and show me that he believes in me. I was honestly over the moon that weekend and I’ll never forget it. Love that guy.
11. If you could go back in time and speak to a younger you what words of advice would you give yourself?
I’d tell myself that I’m going to be okay. The things I want aren’t impossible and I’ll meet people along the way to help me on this journey.